Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Our 15 seconds of fame

Picture it, 1982. My father’s psychology intern somehow found the time to obtain videogame trademark licenses and develop this series of swell attire. He asked my family to pose in the flyer, which was to be distributed in handheld electronic videogames such as this keen Pacman game.

That’s me in the Frogger shirt and Donkey Kong hat. My dad’s sporting a Pacman tie that I’d kill for today. My mom’s wearing the Bezerk shirt, a game I always loved but could never really play very well. That’s my brother in the sweet Pacman shirt and hat. My sister’s sporting the lame “Hey hey hey, I love to play” shirt, and the designer of all these wonderful items is sporting a very cool Donkey Kong shirt with bumper stickers. I can’ tell you how much I wish I still had these items.

Now, I want to make one thing very, very clear to anyone reading this, this hideous woman is not related to my family in any way, shape, or form. I’ve often referred to her as being the “low self-esteem” girlfriend of the attire designer. At the time I’m sure she was the best he could do (I mean, look at him) and he was probably really proud to showcase her in his ad (“Hey baby, I’ve got a surprise for you. You’re going to be famous, baby”).

Man, Atari Pacman was so lame.


Octopunk said...

The problem with Berzerk was that you moved and aimed with the same joystick, so if ou tried to shoot a robot too close to you, chances are you'd walk right into him.

That IS a cool tie. I remember seeing it, I think. And I'm sorry, JohnnySweatpants, but that grin on your face makes me want to smack you.

JohnnySweatpants said...

I think she's kind of cute in a Welcome Back Kotter sort of way personally.

Berzerk the game does NOT stand the test of time. I played it recently and was bored and annoyed after about 2 minutes. The t-shirt however, is a gem!

Octopunk said...

Stop the humanoidStop the humanoid!